Ag Report: June 22, 2012

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By The Staff

Shelby student among 84

in KFB ag leadership program


Spencer Hammond of Shelby County is one of 84 high school juniors from 54 counties who are attended Kentucky Farm Bureau’s  27th annual Institute for Future Agricultural Leaders (IFAL), held in two locations this month.

Hammond, a student at Collins High School, will spend five days starting Sunday at the University of Kentucky, which, along with Murray State, will host this leadership conference this year. There are 42 students assigned to each campus.

IFAL highlights a variety of careers in agriculture while exposing high school students to a preview of college life. Participants were nominated by their county Farm Bureau board of directors with the assistance of school personnel and youth group advisors. IFAL students are among the top in their class, plan to further their education at the post-secondary level and have an interest in pursing a career in agriculture.

Attendees will gain a better understanding of the nature and needs of the agriculture industry, see how basic and applied science is utilized in agriculture and learn of the political process used to develop agricultural policy.

For more information about the IFAL program, visit kyfb.com/federation.


FSA seeks committee nominations

Nominations are being accepted by the Shelby County Farm Service Agency office for persons to serve on the county committee. There are three members on the Shelby County committee, with one 3-year term ending each year. Harry Lee Morris is up for election this year. Also on the board are Jack Trumbo and Jean Kemper. Howard Burch is the advisor.

To be eligible to serve on an FSA county committee, a person must participate or cooperate in a program administered by FSA, be eligible to vote in a county committee election and reside in the local administrative area in which the person is a candidate.

FSA county committees do not approve or deny farm operating loans, but they make decisions on disaster and conservation programs, emergency programs, commodity price support loan programs and other agricultural issues. Members serve 3-year terms.

Farmers and ranchers may nominate themselves or others, and organizations representing minorities and women also may nominate candidates. To become a candidate, an eligible individual must sign the nomination form, FSA-669A. The form and other information about FSA county committee elections are available at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/elections. Nomination forms for the 2012 election must be postmarked or received in the local USDA Service Center by close of business on Aug. 1. FSA will mail ballots to eligible voters beginning Nov. 5.


Discount for trail conference

On July 12-14, the Southeastern Equestrian Trails Conference is coming to Kentucky for the first time.  This conference has for 13 years has established itself as a premier horse trail conference focusing on conservation issues. It is being hosted by the Kentucky Horse Council, which is offering reduced registration rates to Kentucky residents.

Kentucky residents can attend the conference at a reduced rate.  One-day registration for Kentuckians have been dropped to $60 from $75. Registration ends on July 7.

Registration information and a detailed agenda can be found at www.southeasternequestriantrails.com. Additional optional activities on July 12 include a trail workshop at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, and a Horses & History tour to showcase some of Lexington's renowned equine farms and facilities.


Nesler joins ag department

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer announced that former state Rep. Fred Nesler of Mayfield has joined the team at the Kentucky Department of Agriculture as the deputy executive director in the office of strategic planning and administration, which oversees daily operations at the Department.  
Comer and Nesler served together for more than a decade in the state House of Representatives and became good friends while working together on the House Agriculture Committee. In addition to his legislative experience in agriculture, Nesler runs his own farming operation and grew up on a family farm.

Rep. Nesler resigned his legislative seat on May 31 and started work at the Department of Agriculture on June 1.  


National Horse Show launches Web site

The Alltech National Horse Show, scheduled for Oct.30-Nov. 4 at the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, launched a new Web site at www.AlltechNationalHorseShow.com. The site includes up-to-date information for exhibitors, spectators, vendors, officials and fans.


Bulletin board

  • The 150th Shelby County Fair continues through Saturday at the Shelby County Fairgrounds in Shelbyville.
  • The second annual Farm to Table Dinner will be hosted by Yew Dell Botanical Gardens and Slow Food Bluegrass at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Yew Dell, which is located at 6220 Old LaGrange Road in Crestwood. For information about tickets, please call 241-4788 or visit www.yewdellgardens.org.  Tickets are $85 or $96, and seating is limited.
  • The Kentucky Cutting Horse Association will have its next show June 30-July 31 at the Rocky Fork Feeders Arena on Dover Road. The organization’s Web site is in the process of being updated.
  • The national butterfly census will be conducted in Oldham County on July 7, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Volunteer counters of all ages should meet at 9:30 a.m. at the parking lot of the now-closed Brownsboro general store and restaurant, one mile northwest of Exit 14 off Interstate 71. If there is heavy rain, the same schedule will apply on July 8. For more information, call 352-336-0127 or send an E-mail to covell@louisville.edu.
  • The Shelby County Farmers’ Market is open every Saturday, 8 a.m. until noon, through Oct. 27 at the Shelby County Fairgrounds. Vendors from Shelby and surrounding areas offer several varieties of season produce, plus eggs, jams, jellies, flowers, perennials, shrubs and trees. In addition there is handmade soap, jewelry, pottery, yarn goods and other crafts.


The Kentucky Ag Report is compiled weekly from news releases distributed by Keeton Communications, the Kentucky Press News Service.